Could division two stand-out John Cominsky could be on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers radar? While his stats won’t blow you away, you can’t judge this guy based on the box score.
A four year starter at the University of Charleston, John Cominsky came almost out of nowhere. Originally, Cominsky thought he’d play quarterback, wide receiver, safety, or linebacker. When he arrived at Charleston, the coaches decided he would be a defensive end. Starting at 215 pounds Cominsky gained 70 pounds by the end of his senior year and won multiple awards. Division II All-American, DII Academic All-American, and MEC Defensive Player of the Year all helped get him to the Senior Bowl and is now a mid-round NFL prospect. Let’s take a look at his career and if would be a fit on the Buccaneers.
Video Courtesy: @Draftdiamonds on twitter
TOTAL TACKLES: 206
TACKLES FOR LOSS: 48.5
PASS DEFENDED: 10
Cominsky recently participated in the Senior Bowl and gained attention from many scouts. They were impressed with his work ethic and learning about his background. In the video above he does compare himself to J.J Watt, but not many can reach that level. He is much closer to Carl Nassib in size and physical traits. Nassib went to Penn State, he was a walk-on and developed into a quality prospect, similarly to Cominsky.
Cominsky’s story is much like Ali Marpet’s when he was at Hobart, a division three school. The development of the player grew rapidly and they were so much better than their competition they needed to be invited to the Senior Bowl to see what they can do against top tier competition. Cominsky was consistently double and triple teamed at Charleston and was still recognized as a top player at his position.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t in need of a starting defensive end but they need depth. Vinny Curry is likely to be released and outside of Jason Pierre-Paul and Carl Nassib, there is very little to get excited about. Adding Cominsky as a depth piece could be a potential move. I don’t believe it should be considered when there are so many other needs.
Adding the Charleston product would be a late round luxury for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If they fix various other positions in free agency and earlier in the draft, selecting Cominsky shouldn’t upset Bucs fans. Jason Licht has struggled to draft elite talent but finding gems outside of Division I is something he can do.